Respite care is provision of temporary care by a substitute caregiver to provide relief to the regular caregiver. Over 50% of US states have respite programs. Programs may be provided in different settings:
Duration of care may vary (eg, limited to 28 days in a calendar year).
Support comes from Medicaid (almost 50%), grants (25%), and private funds (25%).
Last full review/revision October 2013 by Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP
Content last modified November 2013